This could be South Carolina's best team ever, and the Gamecocks have quite the stage to state their case.
A week after routing No. 5 Georgia 35-7 in Columbia, the Gamecocks travel to No. 9 LSU this Saturday and to No. 4 Florida next week.
"It's difficult, but we knew what it was in advance," South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said Wednesday. "It's not like we had a big win and somebody said, 'OK, here is where you have to go this week.' You can look a head a little bit.
"At the beginning of the season, we knew this four-game stretch with Georgia, LSU, Florida and Tennessee was going to make or break our season, so we're going to try our best to get ready to play them all."
The Gamecocks will tote a school-record 10-game winning streak to LSU, which happens to own a school-record 21 consecutive victories at Tiger Stadium. The last home loss for the Tigers occurred against No. 1 Florida in 2009.
LSU is 16-2-1 lifetime against South Carolina, but the Tigers have been struggling offensively and are hurting after last week's 14-6 loss at Florida.
"They recognize that nobody is going to get this corrected but us," Tigers coach Les Miles said. "Their practice habits have been very good, and I think they are responding well. We've had a loss or two here, and we will know how to respond."
Auburn at Ole Miss: Gene Chizik last week became the first SEC coach ever to lose to another SEC coach who's $40 million in debt. Rebels 24, Tigers 17.
UTC at Furman: After last week's open date, the Mocs are still on track for their first undefeated October since 1997. Mocs 26, Paladins 24.
Alabama at Missouri: Tigers backup quarterback Corbin Berkstresser could become the toast of college football, or maybe not. Crimson Tide 38, Tigers 9.
Florida at Vanderbilt: The Gators have outscored their opponents 41-0 in the fourth quarter. Gators 20, Commodores 10.
Stanford at Notre Dame: It's good to know the Irish will continue playing USC and Stanford once they link with the Cavaliers, Demon Deacons and other traditional juggernauts. Irish 31, Cardinal 24.
South Carolina at LSU: A lot of future coin at defensive end with Jadeveon Clowney, Devin Taylor, Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo. A couple of great names, too. Gamecocks 16, Tigers 13.
Tennessee at Mississippi State: MSU coach Dan Mullen has a 7-3 record versus SEC East teams entering his first encounter against the Volunteers. Bullies 24, Vols 22.
Texas A&M vs. Louisiana Tech: This is easily shaping up as the best rescheduled game of the season. Aggies 35, Bulldogs 24.
Pasquali is now 114-36 overall (76.0 percent) this season.
Arkansas 40, Kentucky 17
Virginia Tech 28, Duke 21
Miami 27, North Carolina 25
Virginia 19, Maryland 16
FSU 39, Boston College 14
W. Virginia 30, Texas Tech 17
Ohio State 45, Indiana 18
Kansas St. 35, Iowa St. 20
USC 33, Washington 26
Louisville 26, Pittsburgh 21
BYU 28, Oregon State 19
Oklahoma 24, Texas 19
Rutgers 24, Syracuse 21
Cincinnati 49, Fordham 6
Michigan 42, Illinois 13
Boise St. 31, Fresno St. 22
Fla. International 22, MTSU 21
David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...